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Resource ID: #20158
Subject: Children
Source: News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
Date: 2003-12-18



Three-part series on day care by the News & Observer found that "in the past four years, 33 North Carolina children have died in day-care facilities, an average of one death every six weeks. A review of those deaths found that, in some cases, state child-care regulators failed to act despite red flags indicating a day care was unsafe." For this series, the News & Observer looked into deaths that occurred in day care facilities, and discovered some which should have been prevented. The series also deals with unlicensed day care facilities operating across the state, "with little fear of being caught or punished." Additionally, the series looks at the occurences of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the most common cause of death in day care, and what North Carolina does (or does not) do to reduce the risk of SIDS. For example, despite experts' assertions that "placing babies on their backs can lower the risk," North Carolina day care facilities do not require such steps to be taken.

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